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Very few people have a good understanding of what a periodontist is – but the answer is quite simple. Here’s the full story.

We were watching one of our favourite quiz shows on TV recently (The Chase, in case you're curious) and one of the contestants mentioned that he was a nuclear fission scientist. The next minute or two were spent with the host, Bradley Walsh, asking him what this actually meant.


The contestant explained what he did for a living, but poor Bradley got more and more confused with every sentence. Eventually, he gave up and decided to move on – still in a state of complete and utter ignorance.


It can be a little similar when people bump into a periodontist for the first time. Usually, they have a vague idea that this has something to do with dentistry, but are very unclear as to the specifics.


They needn’t be so confused, because the answer is quite simple. A periodontist concerns himself with the “branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth.”


If you problem this a little further, you can see just how important the role of the periodontist truly is. No matter how healthy your teeth may be, if you have a problem with your gums, then it stands to reason that they teeth are in danger. If the elements that support them suddenly give up the ghost, then you can soon wave goodbye to your teeth – healthy or not.


What does periodontics mean in practice?

Periodontal disease is also known, in layman’s terms, as gum disease. There are different degrees of seriousness when it comes to this ailment, but the root cause in all cases is bacterial infection. This is why we like to advise our patients to always opt for an anti-bacterial toothpaste or mouthwash.

You might be surprised how common gum disease is – up to four out of five of us can be suffering from it at any given time. Fortunately, however, it's often is such a mild form that upping your dental care regime can sort it very quickly.


Bacterial infection doesn’t actually cause any harm to the hard surface of the teeth, but as we’ve already stressed, the tooth is in real trouble if the gums come under pressure. Thankfully, periodontal treatment is quick, simple and highly effective in the vast majority of cases.


How will I know if I’ve got gum disease?

If you're concerned that you may be at risk of gum disease, there are a couple of common signs to watch out for.

•  Your gums might look redder than usual or you experience sensations of inflammation.

• You might notice a loss of bone density – you can check this out if you have a good, hard look in the mirror.


Would you like to know more?

There is some very good information on the Web in relation to periodontal problems, and the following content on the HSE website could well prove to be a good starting point for you -http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/G/Gingivitis-and-periodontitis/Treating-gum-disease.html